Sources close to Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha are said to believe that Arsenal can’t afford to sign their man, as the ongoing saga surrounding a move continues to rumble, according to Sky Sports.

The Gunners are understood to have tabled a £40 million bid for the Eagles attacker, who has made it clear that he wants to leave Selhurst Park in a quest to play European football.

Palace star Zaha is a boyhood Arsenal fan, and the opportunity to depart Selhurst Park and head to the Emirates Stadium ticks a number of boxes both personally and in his career.

The Eagles are not going to let their star player go without a fight however, and are believed to be demanding £80m before they even enter talks with any other club.

Zaha has been something of a talisman for Crystal Palace over the last few seasons.

The difference of their record with him in their side as opposed to when he isn’t is stark, so losing him for a fee short of what it would cost to replace him really shouldn’t be considered an option.

That might take Arsenal out of the running as sources close to the forward don’t think the Gunners have the required cash to acquire him, despite his brother pleading with the Eagles earlier this month to allow the 26-year-old to move to the team he has supported throughout his life.

Having already lost one exciting young talent from his squad in Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who moved to Manchester United earlier this summer, Palace boss Roy Hodgson will be eager to ensure another one doesn’t depart Selhutst Park and derail what he was building in South London.

Zaha has spent the last few weeks representing the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, where his side were beaten on penalties by Algeria on Thursday evening.


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